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The 100 best songs of 2017

The 100 best songs of 2017


2017 Best of | Best songs | Best albums | Irish albums | Irish songs | Club tracks | Guest selections

Dublin singer Soulé’s ‘Good Life’ is a song inspired by ’90s house, 2step and garage and produced once again, by Diffusion Lab.


Bolis Pupul – ‘Wei’

A personal DJ favourite of mine, ‘Wei’, which came out on DeeWee, Soulwax’s label which has been killing their releases lately is a pure 2manyDjs electro-roller.


New Jackson – Put the Love In It

An analogue night-time construction with a graceful intimacy, as in the rest of the album From Night To Night, David Kitt’s full-length electronic side-project New Jackson comes up trumps.


Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete the Kisses

Wolf Alice’s second album was the work of a band enhanced of scope, sonic ambition and songwriting prowess The dreamy anthemic ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ was their best song on Visions Of A Life.

From the recent Glue EP, comes this mechanised weapon from the two Belfast boys who know how to cut through the noise like few other producers.


Four Tet – Planet

Four Tet’s New Energy album returned him to his softer side but ‘Planet’ has some residue of his recent dancefloor forays yet falls somewhere between both sensibilities.

Tower Records


Baba Stiltz – Can’t Help it

A rising act on Axel Boman’s Studio Barnhaus label, ‘Can’t Help It’ draws you close with its intimate lyrics pitched in a style suited to the dancefloor.


N*E*R*D & Rihanna – Lemon

Pharrell ditches his run of happy-go-lucky solo material for a return to the NERD sound that made his name as a producer (along with the other two members Chad Hugo and Shay Haley). Here they team up with Rihanna with trademark NERD boom bap beats and tight production but it’s Rihanna who owns the track, rapping like the boss she is.

Tower Records

‘Aura’, B the last track on Bicep’s debut album, deftly mixes the Belfast’s duo’s love of classic house, techno, electro and Italo disco into a modern template. They do it so well.

A followup to Hopelessness, ANOHNI’s full length album, the Paradise EP featured six songs made during those sessions with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke. The title song is a booming production with synths that sound like racing cars. ANOHNI addresses the issues of the day, as on the album, but with an increased alarm and urgency. A song for 2017.


Hundred Waters – Particle

‘Particle’ is typical of the Florida band Hundred Waters in how they meld electronic textures with more earthly tones. They say it’s “a deeply personal song that reflects a period of profound change within the band wherein the relationships of the members have shifted into unfamiliar territory, reflected in the song’s rapidly morphing textures.”


Tyler, The Creator – 911 / Mr.Lonely

The former Odd Future anarchist shows some depth with his latest album Flower Boy, hinting at his sexuality and his true character with kaleidoscopic, soulful and psychedelic jazzy productions that keep things moving for his best release yet. The diptych of ‘9/11 / Lonely’ encapsulate the album’s smoothness while exploring Tyler’s lone wolf tendencies.


The Horrors – Something to Remember Me By

The Horrors are at their best when they bring rock textures with more hypnotic elements as this epically-reaching song does. It’s bit New Order, a bit Caribou.

File under ‘Songs For The End of the World’.

Kojaque is a Dublin rapper who has been making music for several years via Youtube videos and Soundcloud posts. His style is downbeat, jazzy and suited to late-night lounging. Now cosying up with theSoft Boy Records family, ‘Wifi Code’ is a song that feels like a transition. “The only man with a label still on Dublin bus,” he raps on an urgent piano beat on a song that’s too short. “B***h keep asking about Tame Impala / I could show you loner, but my inner speaker don’t let shit in.”

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